Stringlets

I've found products that I'm liking, but I still can't get rid of the stringlets - stringy ringlets, uncooked ramen noodles, I'm sure you gals know what I mean.

I'm finger combing in the shower and that's it. As soon as I start squeezing and scrunching the water out, the clumps start to get smaller and smaller?

How, oh how, to attain the ever elusive clumpage?
Hair type: Currently 2c/3amii. Modified CG since 05/25/2008. Length is roughly 2" past my collar bone.
'Poo: Dr. Bronner's lemon 'poo bar once a week.
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals coconut condish. Freeman SeaKelp Moisturizing Condish.
Styling: Flax seed gel, Tresemme Bouncy Curls, Hask Spray-It Curly, Tresemme Curl Locking Spray.
Towel: Fake chamois from the auto dept. Gets out so much water that my hair is starting to spiral instead of water weight pulling them all out into waves.
You could try leaving some conditioner in or different styling products or don't scrunch as much. Try plopping to get the excess water out. Some curls are just smaller and refuse to clump.
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The combo of using Biotera curl creme and plopping = great clumps for me.
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Only comb your hair when you have conditioner in it. Then rinse and just scrunch your styling product in.
Plop. Then create curls by twisting sections of hair around your finger. The larger the sections, the larger the clumps. Don't go too large or the curls will be too loose and may fall out. Then I let air dry until my hair is kind of stiff, then I gently diffuse.
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Do you pin your twisted sections? I've tried twisting some of the strings together and they just fall back apart. For the time being I'm just going to embrace the fact that I have skinny waves. Heck, when I was considering locks, I actually WANTED to have skinny ones. LOL

I showered at 1:00 in the morning last night, went to bed with it wet and without any product in it, pulled into a pineapple. This a.m. I sprayed it down with water, used Tresemme bouncing curls and Hask spray it curly, didn't do a lot of scrunching, and then plopped. Unplopped, scrunched the crown, sprayed on some finishing spray, then clipped it and diffused the rest. It's looking pretty good. It isn't overly crunchy, the ends are stuck together instead of fanning out because I didn't scrunch after drying, and I have some lift and wave in the canopy.

Here I am having a good hair day and I'm stuck at home working.
Hair type: Currently 2c/3amii. Modified CG since 05/25/2008. Length is roughly 2" past my collar bone.
'Poo: Dr. Bronner's lemon 'poo bar once a week.
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals coconut condish. Freeman SeaKelp Moisturizing Condish.
Styling: Flax seed gel, Tresemme Bouncy Curls, Hask Spray-It Curly, Tresemme Curl Locking Spray.
Towel: Fake chamois from the auto dept. Gets out so much water that my hair is starting to spiral instead of water weight pulling them all out into waves.
Do you pin your twisted sections? I've tried twisting some of the strings together and they just fall back apart. For the time being I'm just going to embrace the fact that I have skinny waves. Heck, when I was considering locks, I actually WANTED to have skinny ones. LOL

I showered at 1:00 in the morning last night, went to bed with it wet and without any product in it, pulled into a pineapple. This a.m. I sprayed it down with water, used Tresemme bouncing curls and Hask spray it curly, didn't do a lot of scrunching, and then plopped. Unplopped, scrunched the crown, sprayed on some finishing spray, then clipped it and diffused the rest. It's looking pretty good. It isn't overly crunchy, the ends are stuck together instead of fanning out because I didn't scrunch after drying, and I have some lift and wave in the canopy.

Here I am having a good hair day and I'm stuck at home working.
Originally Posted by wavy in neenah
Of course you are working at home and have great hair...it's the law.
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I am not sure if it is because I changed my routine or if it is because I am using new products but I think I found something that works for me.

I have been buying products left and right. Some work sometimes and other times they don't...guess it depends on the day?

Anyway, this is what I did today and I have bigger clumps than I am used to--in shower, finger combed with condish in, rinsed out. Add curl keeper--rake it through hair (not combing). Then I added Loreal out of bed and raked that through hair. Started scrunching, then added Biotera gel, scrunched more (then scrunched with a mf towel) and then diffused. Let air dry the rest of the way and scrunched out the crunch. I am actually pretty happy with my hair today.

Not sure if I will ever get it so it is not crazy frizzy but I am trying really hard! Hope this helped!
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Last edited by brown_eyedgal20; 06-20-2008 at 04:52 PM.
I'm finding that my hair doesn't like polyquats, which are in LOOB. I put some in while I was still in the shower and my hair started separating right away. I rinsed it out and used some other stuff without PQs and got slightly thicker mini clumps.
Hair type: Currently 2c/3amii. Modified CG since 05/25/2008. Length is roughly 2" past my collar bone.
'Poo: Dr. Bronner's lemon 'poo bar once a week.
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals coconut condish. Freeman SeaKelp Moisturizing Condish.
Styling: Flax seed gel, Tresemme Bouncy Curls, Hask Spray-It Curly, Tresemme Curl Locking Spray.
Towel: Fake chamois from the auto dept. Gets out so much water that my hair is starting to spiral instead of water weight pulling them all out into waves.
No I don't pin the curls after I twist them. Click on the curly hair solutions link in the ad to the left. There's a video of how to skip (?) curl your hair.
"What's the good of having naturally curly hair if nobody's jealous?" Freida - Peanuts

~CG 8/06 ~
fine, wavy - 2b/3a
KCNT and KKCC
I found I got slightly better clumps when I twisted my hair as well. After I put my curl creme and gel in and got as much water out as possible with my microfiber towel, I twist sections of my hair, squeeze water out of the twisted hair then pin the twist against my head. I then essentially plop except all it really does in this case is keep it in place and out of the way when I get dressed and maybe dry it a tiny bit more. After about 5 minutes I take the tshirt off of my head, the pins out and shake my head a bit upside down. Sometimes I scrunch in some more gel but that makes it clump less.

Keep in mind this just improves my clumps, which were nonexistent before so it might not be much of an improvement for others.
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I'm finding that my hair doesn't like polyquats, which are in LOOB. I put some in while I was still in the shower and my hair started separating right away. I rinsed it out and used some other stuff without PQs and got slightly thicker mini clumps.
Originally Posted by wavy in neenah

Oh...my separates like you say, but in big clumps. Of course the clumps get a bit smaller as I style, but I have the best clumps with that routine. At least so far...maybe tomorrow I will try without the loob, and with Jessicurl RR and CC then gel...hummm....
2c/3aMiii

Loving JC and CK products... Been loving them for 3 years...looking to branch out and try new things!!!
I find my hair doesn't do that if I flip over my head and immediately gently wrap it in a towel when it's still soaking wet. I unwrap it about 5 minutes later with perfectly clumped hair. Squeezing the water out of it first made my hair do that 'Ramen' thing, so maybe try cutting that step out?
Interesting to hear about clipping in this way, as I am finding my stringyness is slightly improved by finger curling. I might try clipping the finger curls up as an experiment.
Sarah.

Based in the UK. 2-something (2b?) hair. Very porous, fine and brittle/fragile

Hair loves: Drip drying, glycerine, shea butter, oils
Hair hates: Plopping, any kind of gel, most conditioners (scalp issues).

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